At the heart of every song, there is usually a message or personal experience that the artist has used as inspiration. And, the most powerful tracks often draw on the social and political qualms of the modern world, using their lyrics to speak to listeners and let them know that they are not alone. Doing just that is R&B artist Olivia Swann with her latest single “No Thanks”. While the rudimentary sonic beats, brazen rapping and playful ad-libs give the song a seemingly lighthearted vibe, lacing the track is a message of depth. Touching on the issue of consent that currently plagues our society and calling out to women everywhere in a bid to empower them, the song stands as a powerful social comment as well as a seamless display of the modern R&B genre.
“This is definitely an anthem for all of us, to tell the world that we are in control and we have a choice but that we do need to look out for each other as it’s still happening every day. I honestly hope that through this song, it empowers people, brings us together and reminds everyone to include our entire female community,” states the artist when explaining what she hopes to achieve with the releases of her latest track.
While her ability to touch listeners with her relevant commentaries sets her apart from others in her genre, the artist’s musical talents are also worthy of mention. With Olivia’s eclectic range of vocal and rap abilities effortlessly fused together on each track, her musical inspirations – which she cites as Outkast, Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse – become clear. And, with her previous releases having gained the attention of the likes of Apple Music and BBC Radio 1, it is clear that the only way is up for the rising star.
Listen to “No Thanks” below…